A supermoon will light up the night sky this Tuesday – Mystery Science

August will begin with a marvelous celestial phenomenon visible in the night sky, a supermoon.

This Tuesday, our natural satellite will be in its full moon phase, but we can also see it slightly brighter and larger than the average full moon: a supermoon. Indeed, it will be close to its perigee (closest point of its orbit around the Earth) at only 357,793 km.

On average, supermoons appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than a typical full moon.

In the northern hemisphere they call this phenomenon Super Sturgeon Moonfor fish once abundant in the North American Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during this part of the boreal summer, when fishing for this species is popular.

More astronomical phenomena in August

Generally, we only have one full moon per month. However, in August of this year, we will witness two supermoons, the second is called Blue Moon, because it is the second full moon that occurs in the same month.

There Luna Azul will take place on the night of August 30when our natural satellite will be Again in its full moon phase and at a distance of 357,934 km (very close to its perigee), so the supermoon phenomenon will repeat itself.

Since January 2018, two full supermoons have not graced the night sky in the same month. This event in which two supermoons coincide will not happen again until the year 2037.

Supermoons of 2023Credit: Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters

What time to see the first August supermoon?

The supermoon will peak in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador at 7:31 p.m., in Argentina and Uruguay at 8:31 p.m., and in Mexico at 6:31 p.m. Mexico Central Time.

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This beautiful phenomenon can be appreciated with the naked eye, but it is advisable to look for places without light pollution, and to avoid the obstruction of the sky by tall buildings to fully enjoy the spectacle.

References: AP/ABC.

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